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The US Air Force Plans to buy new jam-resistant GPS satellites

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The U.S. Air Force wants 22 new GPS satellites that are built to resist jamming and electronic interference. It would spend around $2 billion on the new satellites for the GPS 3 constellation in the next five years. The production of all 22 satellites is expected to be worth as much as $10 billion

“The GPS 3 that we are moving toward is more jam-resistant, and it is intended to be able to operate in a contested environment,” Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said.

The constellation of 31 GPS 2 satellites currently in orbit will remain operational until at least 2021. The Air Force has already ordered 10 GPS 3 satellites from Lockheed Martin. But, the Air Force has now decided it needs to quit buying up those GPS 3 satellites and go back to the drawing board.

Lockheed Martin will most likely bid for the contract to build the new jam-resistant satellites, but other contractors like Boeing and Northrop Grumman are expected to try as well. Development of the new satellites would take place in 2019.

Protecting the Soldier: U.S. Army Orders More Q-53 Counterfire Radars from Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin will manufacture additional AN/TPQ-53 counterfire radar systems for the U.S. Army under a $1.6 billion order-dependent contract. The Q-53 radar system supports troops in combat by detecting, classifying, tracking and identifying the location of enemy indirect fire in either 360- or 90-degree modes.

Lockheed Martin completed the 100th Q-53 radar system for the Army in January and is manufacturing multiple Q-53 radar systems per month. Since Lockheed Martin won the development contract for the Q-53 radar in 2007, the company has won five additional contracts for a total of more than 100 radar systems, 95 systems have been delivered to the Army. With this full-rate production contract award, the Army’s complement of Q-53 radar systems will total more than 170.

“The Q-53 system helps troops know what is going on around them in an increasingly complicated world,” said Rick Herodes, director of Lockheed Martin’s Q-53 radar program. “What’s so special about the Q-53 radar system is the inherent flexibility of its software controlled active electronically scanned array (AESA). Our engineers can adjust the Q-53’s software to address emerging threats. Having control in the software allows quick reaction to whatever comes next – so the first Q-53 radar system off the line could be quickly updated to be just as capable as the 170th Q-53 radar system.”

Lockheed Martin is the only company producing active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars for the Army.

Over the last 10 years new threats have emerged including unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Thanks to the flexibility of open architecture designs, simple software modifications can be made to adjust radar systems, including the Q-53 radar, to meet various missions. The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $28 million contract in November for “quick reaction capability to add counter-unmanned aerial system to the AN/TPQ-53 radar system” simultaneous with its core counterfire mission.

The Q-53 radar can be readily adapted to provide both air surveillance and counterfire target acquisition in one tactical sensor. The radar system demonstrated its multimission radar (MMR) capability by identifying and tracking aerial systems and passing that information to a command and control node, a key capability as the battlespace rapidly becomes more crowded with emerging air threats.

The Q-53 supports counter-insurgency missions as well as high-intensity combat operations. The system is highly mobile on the battlefield; it can be set up in five minutes, taken down in two minutes and supports two-man operation.

Work on the Q-53 radars is performed at Lockheed Martin facilities in Syracuse and Owego, New York, Moorestown, New Jersey, and Clearwater, Florida.

For additional information, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/tpq53.html


US to send first element of anti-missile system in Europe to Romania

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The firsts components of a US-made anti-missile system are being assembled in New Jersey ahead of their shipping to Romania in a few weeks, reports DefenseNews.

In about a year, all the pieces will be reassembled to become the first operational shore-based element of the European Phased Adaptive Approach anti-missile system.

According to DefenseNews, the system is the first land-based version of the Aegis combat system, a sophisticated collection of phased-array radars, fire control directors, computers and missiles.

The deployment of the Aegis Ashore system in Romania to provide ballistic missile coverage for southern Europe represents the second phase of the European Phased Adaptive Approach, and will also use enhanced SM-3 Block IB interceptor missiles.

A second Aegis Ashore site will be built in Poland in the third phase of the project.

A ceremony for the USD 134 million Aegis Ashore installation was held in late-October 2013 at Deveselu Air Base in Romania.

The local component of the shield at Deveselu will cover 175 hectares and around 200 American staff and troops will be stationed in Romania once the base becomes functional, in 2015.

According to the agreement signed in 2011, Deveselu remains under Romania’s property and sovereign jurisdiction.

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Lockheed Martin Vs Raytheon or Who Gets Navy Air and Missile Defense Radar AMDR contract

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Lockheed Martin has filed a protest over competitor Raytheon Oct. 10 award of the Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) contract , Lockheed Martin officials confirmed to USNI News on Wednesday.

The protest — filed on Tuesday — will now begin a process that could stop work on the new radar until the Government Accountability Office (GAO) decides on the validity of the protest. The process can take up to 100 days before the GAO renders a decision.

Lockheed’s move follows the $386 million award to Raytheon for an S-band AMDR and radar suite controller (RSC) planned for the Navy’s Flight III Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers. Additional options in the contract could grow the final contract to $1.6 billion.

Lockheed has supplied radars for the Navy’s guided missile destroyers throughout the Aegis program — primarily with its SPY-1 line of radars — back to the early 1980s. Given Lockheed’s longevity with the program, the protest did not come as a surprise.

Naval Sea Systems Command would not comment on the protest other than saying the AMDR the award was the result of, “a full and open competition”

Lockheed said the company, “submitted a technically compliant solution at a very affordable price,” read a company statement on the protest provided to USNI News on Wednesday.
“We do not believe the merits of our offering were properly considered during the evaluation process.”

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Will NASA Have To Buy Seats On The Russian Soyuz Rocket To Carry Its Astronauts Into Orbit?

The answer is “Yes” according to a lot of experts.

The Obama administration has instructed Nasa to hand over to private companies the job of ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station. That is supposed to free NASA to focus on more ambitious goals, ultimately to take crews beyond the realm of low Earth orbit. So the thinking goes, anyway…

However, it is obvious that the transition will not be swift and the replacement of the shuttle is many years off. So, if NASA still wants to carry its astronauts into orbit, there is only one way to do that: they must buy seats on the Russian Soyuz rocket.

What do we know about Soyuz and how does it compare to NASA’s Space Shuttle program?

Soyuz docked to International Space Station

Soyuz (Сою́з) is a series of spacecraft designed for the Soviet space program by the Korolyov Design Bureau in the 1960s.  The Soyuz spacecraft family is still in service today. Soyuz spacecraft were used to carry personnel to and from Salyut and later Mir Soviet space stations, and are now used for transport to and from the International Space Station. The International Space Station maintains a docked Soyuz spacecraft at all times to be used as escape craft in the event of an emergency.

How do the costs compare?

According to the industry experts, the Soyuz represents the triumph of a low-cost approach to human space exploration. The Russian capsules are launched on massive expendable rockets, carrying astronauts in a kind of guided cannonball to and from orbit. By contrast, the U.S. built its space program around the most complex flying machine ever, the reusable space shuttle. While the U.S. has spent $209.1 billion on the space shuttle since its inception, the entire Russian space program currently costs just $2 billion a year.

Do YOU think that reusable ships are not economically justified?

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New Mini-Munitions Will Soon Eliminate Civilian Casualties and Collateral Damage

Civilian casualties and collateral damage could be completely eliminated in the near future thanks to a line of new mini-munitions designed by leading government defense contractors.

Raytheon Missile Systems is in process of designing a 13lb Small Tactical Munition to be carried by smaller unmanned aircraft like Shadow, TigerShark, Hunter and Viking. STM uses a combination of GPS satellite and inertial navigation with semi-active laser targeting. The device is around 24 inches long and 4 inches around. This will give the drones the option to attack smaller targets like automobiles without causing damage to surrounding areas.

Northrop Grumman has come out with the Viper Strike, a gliding, GPS-aided laser-guided variant of the Northrop Grumman Brilliant Anti-Tank (BAT) munition which originally had a combination acoustic and IR seeker. The Viper Strike is 36 inches long and only 5.5 inches in diameter.

Lockheed Martin has released the Scorpion (21.5 inches in length, and 4.25 inches in diameter),which is adaptable to multiple launch platforms, including manned or unmanned systems. Scorpion uses a semi-active laser (SAL) seeker for man-in-the-loop terminal guidance,and can be tailored to use planned, imaging infrared (I2R), shortwave infrared (SWIR), or millimeter wave (MMW) seekers.

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Another Accomplishment for Lockheed Martin: Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile Blocked by Aegis BMD

Yet another accomplishment was achieved by Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) on April 14, 2011. Aegis BMD was proven effective against intermediate range ballistic missiles. USS O’Kane (DDG-77, Arleigh Burke-class destroyer ) was used for the exercise.
Here is how it worked.
• Aegis BMD used AN/TPY-2 radar to track the missile
• Using a launch-on-remote function Aegis BMD system detected the threat very early in flight
• A Standard Missile was fired to destroy the inbound missile
• Round of applause for Lockheed Martin
What does this mean for the rest of us? It means that our US Navy ships can defend themselves more effectively expanding the battle space.
There are 25 Aegis BMD-equipped ships currently deployed – 21 U.S. Navy ships and four Japanese destroyers. Three additional ships are planned to become BMD-capable this year.

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Lockheed has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee performance incentives contract for post-critical design review (CDR) Aegis combat systems engineering to support the Australian Government. The Australian Government has selected the Aegis combat system for its air warfare destroyer (AWD) program.. Under the $197m foreign military sale, Lockheed will provide combat systems engineering, computer program development, technical manuals, ship integration and test. The company will also design and build an Aegis weapon system (AWS) based on the US Navy AWS Baseline 7 phase I to support the AWD program. The US Naval Sea Systems Command is the prime contractor and work will be carried out at the company’s facilities in US and Australia. The contract also includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $211m. Work is expected to be complete by December 2014.

Tough Economic Times Intensify Need for Technical Training

(September 2009, Riva MD) With technical companies realizing a massive spike in layoffs during January and February this year, those who are still hanging on have an even greater motivation for seeking out technical training. “When the economy is down, employees need to work even harder to make sure they are current in their field, particularly in high-tech industries,” says Jim Jenkins, Technical Director of Applied Technology Institute, a short course technical training company headquartered in the DC metro area that provides training to companies like NASA, Lockheed Martin and Sandia.

With job security worries looming, developing technical skills that will expand the kinds of projects you are qualified to work on can make you a more valuable employee. Actively seeking out and pursuing what training resources are offered through your company can help to ensure your value as an employee and also prepare you in a worst-case scenario.  Jenkins adds,“That way, if either your company decides to make cuts, less qualified staff may be first to go, or you are prepared to face the job market with more technical knowledge and tools under your belt.”

He recommends employees notify their departmental managers of what training they need to further increase their job performance and productivity. And by deepening your existing knowledge and expanding your skill set you can potentially increase your salary. Jobs requiring high-technical skill earn higher pay.
Another reason continual technical training is a must is that it helps to ensure you advance with changing technology. When you neglect to keep abreast of the latest technologies, you risk losing your competitive edge in the market. As the business world becomes more competitive, successful companies will seek employees with the most up-to-date skills and knowledge.

Job productivity can also be improved with technical training. A 2001 study by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research found that where training is coupled with a drive for innovation, high product quality, and/or technological innovation, training has contributed to their achievement. Furthermore, the study  found that where employees have a strong grounding in math, science and/or technology, training has delivered extra productivity benefits.

Attending training also can put you in touch with peers in your industry affording you the opportunity to network. Networking can help you in a future job search, discover new industry trends, and overall get new ideas, insights and wisdom from a broader audience than your limited office environment.
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